Take Five with Grasses

Symposia and Lectures


Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am–4:30pm

Join Fernwood to explore how an intimate understanding of plants can create stunningly beautiful and environmentally sensitive gardens. Lunch prepared by Fernwood’s Chef Tim Carrigan. 

Presented in Partnership with:

Garden Design   

 Michigan State University

Stonehouse Nursery


Featured Sessions:

James Barilla

Gardening For Climate Change 

James Barilla teaches creative nonfiction and environmental writing in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina. James will explore what it means to garden in our time of extraordinary and unpredictable climate.  

A Vision for the Future

Benjamin Futa, Fernwood’s Head of Horticulture, will unveil the new Master Plan for Fernwood’s gardens and grounds developed by MTR Landscape Architects based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Carolyn Mullet

International Inspiration 

Carolyn Mullet, a garden designer from Washington, D.C., designs spare, lean, sustainable modern gardens. Along with that, she explores the delight that plants bring to client’s lives and her own. Carolyn will be exploring plant-driven garden designs from around the world. 

Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden

Plant Driven Design: Creating Gardens that Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit

Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden are nationally renowned garden designers who emphasize diverse plantings, sustainability, and site sensitivity. The presentation will explore the Ogden’s unique approach to creating gardens. The Ogdens and their work have been featured on TV and in print, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, Martha Stewart Living, Sunset, and Horticulture.

Includes reserved, front-row seating, a special private lunch with all four Symposium speakers, and reserved copies (should you wish to purchase them) of each author’s recent book(s). 

$120 per ticket (Members $100)

Regular Symposium Package 

 Register on or before March 15 $85 (Members $68). Discount will be given upon registration.

Register between March 16–20 $95 (Members $76)



Spring Garden Festival: Plant Sale and MORE!

May 2, 2015

Celebrate spring in the garden at this new and one-of-a-kind horticultural event open to gardeners of all experiences. The Festival features a rich blend of local vendors specializing in unique and artfully grown plant material, hand-crafted artwork for the garden, lectures from leading industry experts, and hands-on workshops. Advance tickets may be purchased on Fernwood’s website, and a complete listing of lectures, workshops, and vendors will be available on Fernwood’s website after April 1
Lectures include:

"Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design" with Chris Woods, Founding Executive Director of Chanticleer Pleasure Garden in Wayne, PA

"Captivating Containers" with Dan Benarcik, currently a gardener at Chanticleer

Gregg Tepper, a native plant enthusiast who will be talking about the "Sensory Experience of Native Plants." 

Attention Garden Clubs: Purchase ten or more regular or premier tickets in advance and receive a 20% discount at checkout. (VIP Admission excluded.)

Spring Festival Tickets 

Click Here to Register for Spring Garden Festival.


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